|Road trip! : camping with the four vagabonds : Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs
Author: Friddell, Claudia
Join Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs on their pioneering camping trips during the early 1900s.
Kirkus Reviews (09/15/22)
School Library Journal (+) (10/01/22)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2022 Whatever grown-ups of today might think about four rich white dudes styling themselves “vagabonds” and semipublicly motoring off each summer with a large entourage to “camp,” younger readers will enjoy Friddell’s sprightly account of how an American supergroup—Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone (think: tires), and nature writer John Burroughs, with occasional hangers-on like (wait for it) Warren G. Harding—got together for a series of annual tours from 1914 on that took them from the Everglades to the California coast. In stylized illustrations, Holmes kits out his otherwise recognizable figures in pale faces with cheek spots, like mimes, and poses them, sometimes comically, in settings ranging from elaborately detailed workshops to spacious outdoor scenes. In the back matter—along with quotes, funny anecdotes, substantial resource lists, and photographs of these luminaries roughing it in their three-piece suits—the author suggests a larger historical context by claiming that news coverage of the outings actually planted the whole notion of “recreational camping” in the public mind. It’s possible, and, either way, the book presents a colorful bit of Americana. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2022 Gr 3–6—An entertaining and informative picture book describing the camping adventures of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone. These famous men formed a friendship and shared a great love of the outdoors, calling themselves the Four Vagabonds. Their famous road trips inspired other Americans to discover the treasures in nature with a then new favorite pastime—recreational camping. The illustrations are bright and detailed with humorous speech bubbles in some panels and the four friends depicted as amusing caricatures. The afterword includes a detailed history of these four fellows, where they traveled, and why their adventures eventually came to an end. There are also photographs of the camping trips, their firsthand accounts, as well as accounts from some of the people they met on their trips. A detailed resource list is included for further research. VERDICT This is a dynamic and engaging book to complement units on inventors, nature, and camping. It is sure to spark further exploration of these famous men in history, and presents quite a contrast with what young people know of today's founders and start-up entrepreneurs.—Heidi Dechief - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.